264.177 urban matters
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021S, VU, 2.0h, 2.5EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 2.5
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to gain insight into current research methods and relevant projects on urban matters/ critical spatial practice. They have gained experience in how a differentiated research on the topic can be conducted and have an insight in the current state of the discourse on socially/ socially engaged urban practices. They are able to take a more differentiated look at current planning processes and to critically analyse the involved and often conflicting interests.

Subject of course

Urban-matters.org offers a growing survey of (public)art projects, organizations and institutions of diverse cultural and geo-political backgrounds worldwide for locating and connecting urgent urban issues and discussing innovative urbanistic-artistic approaches, tools and methods at the intersection of art, urban planning, critical political involvement and theory engaged in urban issues on a longer term perspective for urban planning, addressing the following questions:

How can we develop new visions for urban and regional matters and introduce new social and societal values as intrinsic aspect for urban development? Which role can art and artistic strategies play in the context of urban issues and urban development? How can art maintain its autonomy within processes of urban planning? How can ¿urban practitioners¿ in their transdisciplinary roles achieve a position recognized as equal to other experts engaged in urban planning? Which conditions are needed to install new tools and strategies for urban planning?

The goal of urban-matters.org is not only to provide an overview of the manifold projects and initiatives engaged in developing new methods, but to learn from other contexts. Therefore extracting the tools, strategies and issues of the projects and their various contexts is a major component to turn the database into an eminent ressource for urban planning departments, organizations and residents.

In the seminar the students will research relevant projects worldwide, as well as texts/ publications related to the topic, and will develop ideas for communicating urban-matters.org to the international community. The students will thus actively contribute to urban-matters.org.

Teaching methods

The course pursues the learning of independent research in the field of Urban Matters. Case studies from urban-matters.org serve as a reference for independent research of new projects, texts and innovative artistic-urban strategies and tools for urban-matters.org.

Mode of examination


Additional information

online, and later on if it is possible Seminarraum Karlsplatz13 HauptgebäudeAC0440 (4. OG, Stg. 4 Raum-Nr. AC0440


1_Thu, March 18, 14:30-16:30: Introduction to urban-matters.org and „Planning Unplanned“: artistic-urbanistic strategies for societally engaged urban planning
> first research of projects

2_Thu, March 25, 14:30-16:30: intensive research: discussion of the first researched projects, texts and artistic strategies
> further research

3_Thu, April 14, 14:30-16:30: discussion of the first researched projects, texts and artistic strategies
> selection of projects, contacting the authors of projects

4_Thu, April 22, 14:30-16:30: feedback and update on researched projects

5_Thu, May 27, 14:30-16:30: feedback > preparing material for upload on urban-matters.org

6_Thu, June 6, 14:30-16:30: presentation of materials for upload on urban-matters.org

In this seminar independant research, collective discussion and mutual learning are essential.


Paulus Rajakovics lädt Sie zu einem geplanten Zoom-Meeting ein.

Thema: Offene künstlerische Konzepte - urban matters-
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Course dates

Thu14:30 - 16:3018.03.2021 - 10.06.2021Seminarraum AC0440 (LIVE)264.177: urban matters Ss2021
Thu14:30 - 16:3027.05.2021Seminarraum AC0440 (LIVE)264.177: urban matters Ss2021
urban matters - Single appointments
Thu18.03.202114:30 - 16:30Seminarraum AC0440 264.177: urban matters Ss2021
Thu25.03.202114:30 - 16:30Seminarraum AC0440 264.177: urban matters Ss2021
Thu15.04.202114:30 - 16:30Seminarraum AC0440 264.177: urban matters Ss2021
Thu22.04.202114:30 - 16:30Seminarraum AC0440 264.177: urban matters Ss2021
Thu27.05.202114:30 - 16:30Seminarraum AC0440 264.177: urban matters Ss2021
Thu10.06.202114:30 - 16:30Seminarraum AC0440 264.177: urban matters Ss2021
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

research of new projects, texts and innovative artistic-urban strategies and tools for urban-matters.org; communication with the authors of the researched projects in order to publish them on urban-matters.org.

Course registration

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Group Registration

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Barbara Holub/ Christine Hohenbüchler (eds.). Planning Unplanned. Can Art Have a Function? Towards a New Function of Art in Society.
Verlag für moderne Kunst, 2015

The publication is available at the Institute of Art and Design.
pdf zum download

Previous knowledge

interest in research and in artistic-urbanistic projects worldwide engaged in innovative and socially engaged planning strategies.


Accompanying courses



if required in English